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Utica is the “best big little city” bustling with international flair that’s ever present in its diversity, eclectic culinary scene, arts, culture and events. Marvel the priceless works of art by the world’s masters at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute. Cheer, laugh and cry along with your favorite Broadway show at The Stanley. The New York Energy Zone is electrifying fun for all ages with hands-on and state-of-the-art interactive exhibits highlighting the past, present and future of New York’s energy system. Next door is the Utica Zoo, open 363 days a year and situated on more than 40 acres with natural environments and carefully curated habitats for 200+ majestic and exotic animals. Connect with nature aboard the Adirondack Railroad for an excursion deep into the Adirondack Park. Covering more than six million acres, the Adirondack Park is the largest state park in the US. Trains depart Utica’s historic Union Station offering wine and beer trains, fall foliage tours, and the Polar Express! Sip on a pint of Utica Club - the nation’s first beer licensed and sold after the repeal of Prohibition in 1933. Craft beer connoisseurs and history-seekers alike can tour the F X Matt Brewing Company, one of the oldest family-owned breweries in the nation brewing since 1888 and famous for its award winning Saranac brand of beers. U-ti-ca! loves AHL Hockey and MASL Soccer! Catch the excitement of Comets hockey or a Utica City Football Club match at Adirondack Bank Center. Running is part of Utica’s culture. 19,000 runners from around the globe convene in Utica for the Boilermaker Road Race the second Sunday in July. The city celebrates with a giant post race party at the F X Matt Brewery. Experience Utica’s rich Irish heritage at The Irish Cultural Center and Five Points Pub, an authentic Victorian-style Irish Pub built in Dublin, Ireland and installed on-site by Irish craftsmen. It’s the center of activity for Utica’s Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations. Slainte!